Combing through cinema history, we thought we’d list ten unforgettable and well executed scenes that have stood the test of time. While we’re not listing these as the top ten best scenes of all time, they’re arguably some of the most memorable. Let us know which scene is your favorite whether it’s on this list or not.
On the Waterfront
Marlon Brando delivers his famous line in the back of a car with his brother. Unhappy with his current position as a “bum,” Brando lets his brother know his disappointment for having to take dives—back when he was a boxer—in order for his brother to make a few extra bucks. He could’a had class.
“Here’s looking at you, kid” Humphrey Bogart is forced to selflessly let go of his former love portrayed by Ingrid Bergman. At least they’ll always have Paris.
In this final scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Michael Corleone has officially taken over all family business as he’s crowned the new Don. His business affairs are now officially off limits for Kay.
Such a breathtaking shot from Gordon Willis of the Queensboro Bridge as Woody Allen professes his love for New York City while having a romantic evening with his best friend’s mistress.
Epic monologue from Robert Shaw as he recounts horror tales of the sea from his time in World War 2.
Federico Fellini delivers masterful filmmaking in this scene where his main character, Guido, falls into a fantasy where he’s surrounded by all the women from his past.
This scene is remarkable on several levels. Just consider the time and commitment it must’ve taken Groucho Marx.
At the height of his cabin fever, Jack Nicholson chases down his wife and son with an axe. “Here’s Johnny!”
After finally defeating Apollo Creed to become the world champion, Rocky Balboa wastes no time in telling the love of his life, “Yo, Adrian, I did it.”
The Deer Hunter
The harsh reality of Vietnam POW prisoners forced to play Russian Roulette. Some incredible acting chops displayed from Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. “Mao!”